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And I'm Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: Why William Shatner Is a Superhero

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 16, 2012 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 16, 2012 |

William Shatner is eighty years old. Eighty. Let that sink in a second. Dude has been acting for over sixty years and he’s damned good. Despite the dramatic Kirkspeak that plagued him during his early “Star Trek” years, The Shat honed his skills and developed into a national treasure. (Yeah, I know he’s Canadian, but we’re America and we take what we want for our own.) The Shat acts, sings, writes, produces, directs, he’s funny, he’s a surprisingly effective armchair psychologist, he’s won Emmys and a Golden Globe—at 71, he won an award for Best Reality Web Series—and like the Energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going and going. Someone get this man a cape.

5. He’s Deep.

4. He’s Cool. Shatner was chosen to make a wake-up call for the Space Shuttle Discovery, March 7, 2011.

3. He’s Empathetic. Shatner has proven to be a surprisingly good interviewer as the host of “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” and “Aftermath.”

2. He Knows Drama.

1. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Starting today, Shatner will be on Broadway with his one man show, “Shatner’s World.” That’s right, at eighty years old the Shat is going on tour with the following hook: “I was joking with somebody saying that people should come to the theater to see me because I may die on stage,” he says with a big laugh. “I’m at the age where people are dying. So they can say that maybe he’ll die and we’ll see him dying.”

Bonus Factoid: Did you know that The Shat is the model for Michael Myers’ mask?

Bonus Bonus: William Shatner, with Brad Paisley, heroically (and somewhat heartbreakingly) singing about how he’s not a hero. He’s real, despite what we’d all prefer to believe.

Cindy Davis will always have a crush on Denny Crane.